BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan Fund Investments in Wildfire Prevention, Community Health, Electric Vehicles, and More
Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight of public investment in action!
News stories are showing that the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are making a huge difference for communities across the country. A study from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that the American Rescue Plan directly allowed 200,000 child care providers to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting as many as 9.5 million children.
In addition, a New York Times article pointed out that Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments in electric vehicles are having substantial benefits for the states and districts whose lawmakers voted against it.
Here are more stories about investments made across the country in electric vehicles, community health, lead prevention, and wildfire prevention — all thanks to the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:
OHIO: The Cleveland City Council has invested $17 million of American Rescue Plan funds in a lead safe program, which will ensure that properties built before 1978 are free of lead and properties that have sustained a severe amount of lead damage receive assistance. [story]
NEVADA: The state will invest $15 million in the American Rescue Plan funds in the Nevada Donor Network. The investment will create a dedicated network to expand transplantation programs and services throughout Nevada, improving health care and aiming to correct health disparities. [story]
LOUISIANA: Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state will invest $220 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to expand production of lithium-ion batteries, which will increase the number of electric vehicles on the road. [story]
CALIFORNIA: The Bureau of Reclamation invested $82 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to expand the Los Vaqueros reservoir, allowing for greater water storage at a time when the future of water in the American West looks increasingly dire because of climate change. [story]
ARIZONA: The state will receive $61 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to invest in wildfire preparedness and prevention. Forests, homes, and small businesses have been damaged year after year in Arizona because of climate change, so this funding will be critical in containing major forest fires. [story]
About Invest in America
Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.
The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.